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Maverick Productions brings the beat, helps fellow organizations


Published: Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Updated: Sunday, January 26, 2014 15:01


Photo by Dave Crane/ The Gateway

Kenneth Paryo, who goes by Xclusive, signs to the crowd at Maverick Productions "UNO's Best Dance Crew" event.

The Milo Bail Student Center ballroom was hopping, grinding and grooving Thursday night as Maverick Productions hosted their final student event of the semester.

“UNO’s Best Dance Crew” featured nine teams from various University of Nebraska at Omaha organizations competing in games of Just Dance 4 on the Nintendo Wii. The teams first and second in points won a respective $200 and $100 and a vote-based crowd favorite took home $50. The winning organizations are supposed to use their winnings for group-related costs.

The teams, in pairs, got down to the beat in front of around 100 students. Graceful and mechanical moves were made and some comedic goofs were sprinkled throughout the evening while the familiar party sounds of Top 40 pop hits grooved through the room. The crowd was visibly into the dance party, hollering and cheering while simultaneously moving to the rhythm. Some made signs to cheer their favorite team on.

When the dust had settled from the raging romp, the winners were awarded their prize money and a trophy. Not surprisingly, UNO Dance Floor – the seeming ringers – walked away with first place and $200. International Student Services took second place, and a three-way tie awarded three separate $50 prizes for the tying teams. UNO’s Orthodox Christian Fellowship, National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) and Chi Omega each drew equal votes for the crowd favorite title.

Following was a headlining performance from Xclusive, a dance machine that made it to the season 3 finale of America’s Got Talent. Rocking beats from his laptop, Xclusive – also known as Kenneth Paryo – shook the stage up with his signature robotic mime dancing, and peppered bits of stand-up comedy between songs. Paryo said he does college tours and enjoys meeting fun youth during his travels.

Before the games began, the teams warmed up while the audience mingled and enjoyed complimentary refreshments while dance music blared. Brianna Hendrickson and Brittany Goodman represented the NSSLHA. Donning matching powder blue NSSLHA shirts and headbands, the team was ready to have a good time and tried to bring a little cash back to help pay for conference trips.

“We came out to support our organization and create more awareness for the organization,” Goodman said, “and try to bring home the trophy!”

The duo said they did a little training to prep for the event, with Goodman adding she “danced in her dreams” each night leading up to the event.

“If there’s anything that requires getting down on the floor, I’m pretty good at that,” Goodman said.

“Now, whether it’s the splits or just falling down, we’ll find out later,” Hendrickson said.

At the end of the night, Team NSSLHA walked away with some crowd-favorite cash, but was also happy with the esprit de corps the event fostered.

“Events like these are great,” Goodman said. “You get to meet and experience new people and organizations you’ve never heard of before. [UNO] is a big campus with a small feel, and we enjoy taking part in things with other people here.”

And whether it was $50 or $200, the two were just appreciative that a group like Maverick Productions could host a free evening of entertainment while helping out their fellow organizations.

“It’s nice that another organization is helping other organizations by giving back,” Hendrickson said. “Every campus organization can really put [the prize money] to good use.”


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